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See The Garden In A Different Light

Michael Turner Photographer & Gardener www.photogardenerblog.com

To lots of people gardens are viewed as places of drudgery and physical toil, plagued by evil weeds and rogue lawns that have a party the moment their backs are turned. The calming world of nature, beautiful plants and inspirational garden design simply passes them by.

I must admit that I really enjoy the physical outdoor work involved in my day to day life as a gardener, and in a curious way gardening takes me back to my days as a junior racing cyclist: daily road training whatever the weather, followed by aching limbs and yet a real glow of satisfaction at the end of the day. A day out cycling – or gardening – certainly beats going to the gym!!

But there’s much more to gardening than sheer hard work. Even though I now spend much of my time planting up or maintaining gardens for my Garden Help clients, I also take the opportunity to visit other gardens on my travels whenever I can. And, as a pro photographer for over twenty five years prior to taking up gardening full time, I’ve also been known to carry a camera with me. When time allows (or the weather is being unfriendly) I post occasional photographs here on my Planting Ideas blog that I hope will inspire gardeners and non-gardeners alike to ‘see the garden in a different light’.

Thanks for visiting.

Michael Turner Photogardener



Gardens, Plant Ecology, Travel

Postcard from the Isle of Wight

You may find it hard to believe, but this is the UK in October…

Photograph of Ventnor Botanic Gardens by Michael Turner www.photogardenerblog.com

Ventnor Botanic Gardens on the Isle of Wight.

Not just anywhere in the UK of course; my postcard is from Ventnor Botanic Gardens on the Isle of Wight. The garden’s sheltered, south-facing location, tucked well into the Ventnor ‘Undercliff’, has challenged gardeners and ecologists here to push the boundaries of plant hardiness in a constantly evolving experiment. In the light of rising global temperatures and the prospect of significant climate changes to come, the gardeners here are succeeding with an increasingly diverse range of semi-tropical┬áplants that would normally curl up their toes at the first signs of the UK winter.

The result is a lush, exotic garden that is only a short ferry ride away from mainland Britain and one of several garden delights we discovered during an enjoyable week away.